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MSU students upset over former president's retirement plan

Posted at 7:36 PM, Jul 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-01 06:45:39-04

LANSING, Mich. — The details of former MSU President Lou Anna Simon's retirement have been released.

Simon will officially receive $2.45 million and students aren't happy about that.

When considering the cost to attend Michigan State, Marco Park says it's a lot.

“Getting expensive every year I think,” said Park.

Park says he just paid over $22,000 to continue school on Wednesday.

“As an international student, I have to pay extra, international fees. There’s a lot of tuition fees for insurance, school tax all that stuff,” said Park.

On top of those fees, Park’s tuition will also help pay for Former MSU President Lou Anna Simon’s retirement package.
As a part of an agreement she made with the school, they’ll pay her $2,450,000.

That’s not including insurance, health and dental care benefits for her and her spouse.

“Two million is kind of a lot,” said Park.

Ryan Wieber is also a student and he says he agrees.

“It definitely doesn’t seem right,” said Wieber.

Jennifer Rodriguez says she came to the school in the midst of the Larry Nassar Investigation. She says she doesn’t like where her money is going.

“I’m paying a lot of money to be here and for someone who was involved in such a bad thing and try to hide it and lying to an officer and it’s upsetting,” said Rodriguez.

Simon resigned as president after facing criticism over her administration's handling of the Larry Nassar scandal.
She is currently facing criminal charges of lying to the police.

“She could've just told the truth,” said Rodriguez.

In a statement, chairperson of the MSU Board of trustees Dianne Byrum said, "Our campus community is continuing its healing, and the Board of Trustees feel the retirement of Dr. Simon is best for the university.”

News 10 tried to reach Byrum and other board members several times on Wednesday and were ignored. A representative from the board office said Byrum did not have time in her schedule for a call.

The board decided Simon earned the titles of President Emeritus and Faculty Emeritus. A high honor given to retirees in good standing. But students are deciding differently.

“The school could've gone a better way of handling things instead of trying to hide everything,” said Rodriguez.

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